Even as Senate Republicans are poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee over the objections of a Democratic Party minority, at least one GOP senator is not convinced a vote in favor of Judge Amy Coney Barrett would help her re-election chances.
After Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) expressed her intention to vote against the nominee, Trump sounded off on Twitter this week by declaring that it is “not worth the work” to convince her that voting for Barrett is the right thing to do, according to Breitbart.
“Why should this be any different”
The president made his proclamation on Friday, referencing a “nasty rumor” that Collins is considering a vote against his pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Well, she didn’t support Healthcare or my opening up 5000 square miles of Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different,” he wrote. “Not worth the work.”
Collins, known as a moderate Republican, has not only opposed Trump’s agenda at multiple turns, she notably told voters that she did not vote for him in the 2016 election.
With GOP voters across her state largely divided between Trump supporters and moderates more in line with Collins, it has become increasingly difficult for her to navigate between the two factions. She acknowledged as much in expressing her reticence to support Barrett.
“In parts of the state President Trump is very popular, in parts of the state he’s very unpopular,” she acknowledged.
“Rushing through a nomination”
Collins made it clear that her position is “not a comment on” the Supreme Court nominee, but rather “a comment on the process of rushing through a nomination in such a short time before a presidential election.”
Despite her opposition, voters in general are increasingly on board with the idea of confirming Barrett in the wake of Senate confirmation hearings.
Overall, 48% of registered voters say the Senate should vote to confirm the nominee, compared to just 31% who believe she should not be confirmed. The remaining 21% were still undecided.
Support for the nominee increased a whopping 11 points in the span of just two weeks. Even among Democrats, support roughly doubled over the same period with more than one in four saying she should be confirmed.
With or without Collins’ support, the GOP appears to be in the position to safely confirm Barrett, which likely gave her the political latitude to take yet another stand against the president. As for how it might impact her chances for another term, however, Maine voters will still have an opportunity to decide.